Steel Will Returns with Puukko-Inspired Folder

After a too-long hiatus, Steel Will Knives has returned with a new knife, the Fjord. The Fjord is made from classic Steel Will materials, but finds inspiration for its look in a fresh direction.

The name is a not-so-subtle hint: the Fjord draws heavily on Finnish knife design cues. The blade shape is that classic, unmistakable puukko drop point. In this incarnation it measures 3.5 inches long and has been spiced up with an elongated, flashy fuller. Opening is achieved either through a front flipper tab, or the thumb stud on that tab, which, when the knife is open, slots into a groove cut into the spine of the knife in a matter reminiscent of the Scylla, a 2020 release. The blade steel is (you guessed it) D2, the semi-stainless that is just everywhere these days. D2 may be ubiquitous, but that’s a good thing given its solid performance numbers; here, it will give the Fjord the toughness and edge retention necessary for mid-to-heavy cutting chores a knife of its size and class could be called upon to perform.

The Fjord’s handle maintains the “modernized puukko” theme, with a squared off, gently arched shape like its fixed blade inspiration. There’s some more technical flair in the form of a stepped lanyard hole and a channel that mirrors the fuller on the blade, running out over the pivot and along the spine. The handle materials are all modern, of course: stainless steel liners underneath, G-10 scales on top, and a knurled backspacer between the scales. The stainless steel pocket clip has an hour class shape cut into it, but functions like any other deep carry, loop over pocket clip. The pocket clip is reversible, but it’s worth noting that the thumb stud is show side only, so lefties will probably have to treat this one like a front flipper. The Fjord weighs 4.73 ounces.

The Fjord’s clip and off-side scale

For a while there, the future of Steel Will seemed uncertain. The last brand new model we saw from the company was all the Nutcracker, released last fall. Barring a new Cutjack coloration and a limited rerelease of an existing fixed blade model, Steel Will has been quiet. Whether or not more models will follow the Fjord remains to be seen, but either way it’s good to see them back. The Fjord is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: Steel Will Fjord